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Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2012

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (750) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Poured from the bottle I got at Christmas. Aroma is like a Belgium quad, but with an extra pepper or ginger. Flavour shows these more. Poured real dark which seemed odd for the flavor but it’s really good. Nice head and lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Kettering bottle. One of my favorite Christmas traditions. Typical looking dark pour with a thin tan head. Nice change from last year: there is still some of the spice there but a heavy dose of sprucey Christmas tree. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4389) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
C&C bottle. Dark brown pour, off-whitish head. Candy sugar, raisin, apple, belgian yeast, warming, and light spiciness. Cheap bottle, quite nice for the price, typical unibroue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6985) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2013
The corked and caged 750mL pours with a dark brown body that supports a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up full holiday spices and ginger as well as Belgian candi sugar and a slight hint of coffee. The taste delivers malt and apple sweetness with layers of various winter spice notes. Into the finish the sweet malts and sweet apple like esteriness shine through as the spices slowly fade away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle; poured a dark cola brown with a rather big brown head. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruit, spice, and yeast. Flavor was similar and rather predictable from this brewery. Nothing new here, but the end result was overall a solid one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (3370) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours a beautiful warm sable with a thick tan head that, unfortunately, takes its leave rather quickly - more like the head on a glass of Coca-Cola than on a crater of beer. Aroma has average strength, but tempts with yeasty and fruity notes, the latter apple with some banana. Flavor has malty core with caramel, nutty and molasses notes. Texture is smooth, on the flat side. As far as Belgians go, not great but still worth at least sampling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike67 (804) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, thick, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, caramel malt, brown sugar, spices and hops. Body is full and smooth. Funky yeast, caramel malt, brown sugar, spices, dark fruit and hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and very spicy. Very nice, delicious brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hartung32 (223) - Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Very good beer, even better value! Great raisin nose; with a rich sweet taste without any noticeable alcohol. I've had better, but for the price it's an exceptional buy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a dark tan/grey head. Rich malt and spice aroma. Rich malt and light fruit flavor with spice and yeast. Medium bodied. Spice and yeast linger with dark fruit and rich malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1309) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Appearance: dark purplish-brown cola pour with a minimalist light tan head. Aroma: cherries, raisin toast, clove, candi sugar, beet juice, ginger snaps, and molasses. Taste: cinnamon-raisin-oatmeal cookies, nutmeg, allspice, clove, graham cracker, candied ginger, yeast, plums, and banana. Finish: yeasty, spicy, but surprisingly lively and clean. Notes: Tons going on with this beer. Tastes exactly like you’d expect a fine Unibroue Belgian ale to taste, which is awesome. Would drink again.

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